This new report from the Policy Reform Group offers the expert analysis of Sir Thomas Legg, Lord Stephen Green, and Sir Martin Donnelly on the constitutional challenges facing the United Kingdom. These highly-experienced, former senior practitioners … [Read more...] about Constitutional reform: Sustaining a viable United Kingdom through the 21st century by Thomas Legg, Stephen Green and Martin Donnelly
How resilient is our constitution? This question is becoming one of increasing pertinence in the UK. All democratic systems have within them protective mechanisms. One objective of these devices is to prevent abuses, such as violations of the rule of … [Read more...] about Populism and the UK Constitution by Andrew Blick
This paper examines the role of the House of Lords in Britain’s exit from the European Union. The paper focuses on the future passage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords. It begins with a discussion of conventions which … [Read more...] about The House of Lords: Conventions and Brexit
This research paper focuses on the constitutional role of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom. The paper builds on existing academic research suggesting that the House of Lords performs a specific ‘constitutional guardianship’ role. Based on … [Read more...] about Talking to the Guardians: The Constitutional Role of the House of Lords
Since ancient times the House of Commons has claimed privilege in respect of financial legislation, whether over bills dealing with taxation or the granting of money to the Executive. Conventions governing the way restrictions apply to the House of … [Read more...] about Financial Privilege: The Undoubted and Sole Right of the Commons?
The House of Lords Constitution Committee has recently published evidence submitted by The Constitution Society, as part of its inquiry into 'The Union and Devolution.' The published evidence can be viewed online here. A full list of evidence … [Read more...] about Evidence from The Constitution Society published by House of Lords select committee inquiry into ‘The Union and Devolution’
A paper by David R. Howarth (University of Cambridge) and Shona Wilson Stark (Christ's College, Cambridge) is available online. It breaks new ground in its assessment of the British constitution. Using interviews with senior UK officials about … [Read more...] about The Reality of the British Constitution
Democratic legitimacy and the concentration of power Diagnosing the problem There is a very widespread view in Britain that our political culture is dysfunctional. According to the survey carried out for the Hansard Society’s 2013 Audit of … [Read more...] about Unconstitutional Democracy?
Lord Steel's bill allowing retirements and expulsion from the House of Lords has its second reading in the Lords on 28 March. While the core content of the bill has been widely welcomed, some concerns have been raised about a potential "loophole" … [Read more...] about Lords Reform: the Steel Bill and beyond
This archive item is a window onto issues as they appeared at the time. It contains facts and opinions which may have been superseded by subsequent events. The latest Coalition fall-out over Lord’s reform has highlighted the way in which … [Read more...] about How not to ‘do’ constitutional reform
This archive item is a window onto issues as they appeared at the time. It contains facts and opinions which may have been superseded by subsequent events. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Constitution works to improve the quality of … [Read more...] about APPG meets to discuss House of Lords reform
[First Published on Tuesday 19th July 2011] The following post was first published on ConSoc's previous site. It is recorded here as a window onto issues as they were at the time. The end of the peer show? is a collection of responses to the … [Read more...] about The End of the Peer show? Responses to the draft bill on Lords reform